First listed on: 17 March 2021

Head of Radiochemistry

Centre for Advanced Imaging

The Centre for Advanced Imaging (CAI) brings together the skills of a critical mass of researchers and ‘state-of-the-art’ research imaging instruments. It is the only facility of its type in Australia, one of only a handful in the world.

The CAI was created in 2009 as a strategic initiative of The University of Queensland (UQ) and reflects the growing role of imaging in cutting-edge biotechnology and biomedical research at UQ. The CAI building, including dedicated cyclotron and radiochemistry facilities, was opened in 2014. Information on the radiochemistry facilities are provided in The Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) Facility for Molecular Imaging Agents in Cancer and the Australian Research Council Training Centre for Innovation in Biomedical Imaging Technology are also located within CAI and in 2020, funding was obtained to establish the ACRF Facility for Targeted Radiometals in Cancer.

Imaging techniques are now key platform research technologies for studying the structure and function, in health and disease, of living organisms from the laboratory mouse to the human. The ability of ultra high-field MRI to characterize the blood flow and structure of living systems, together with developments in MRI biomarkers, allows CAI researchers to better phenotype animal models of disease and to map the cognitive function of the brain. PET measures the distribution and fate of molecular markers using radiolabelled ligands providing CAI researchers with the capacity to perform in vivo studies of metabolism, receptor-ligand binding and gene expression. The ability to study the living organism enables longitudinal studies of normal development, of the natural history of disease and of responses to novel therapies.

Imaging is a platform technology for drug discovery and validation, providing surrogate end points to test new drugs. It speeds translation of scientific discoveries to clinical realization. MRI and PET are now core investigative modalities in virtually all clinical specialties. Imaging facilitates the goal of personalized medicine by better characterizing disease and response to treatment in the individual patient.

Further information on the Centre may be accessed on its web site at

About This Opportunity

We are currently searching for an experienced Radiochemist to join our team based in Brisbane, Australia. Your primary responsibility will be the research and development of new radiochemistry syntheses and novel radioligands. You will lead the development of Radiochemistry and Molecular Imaging at CAI through engaging in collaborative research, teaching, course development and postgraduate supervision.

Our Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate will demonstrate expert knowledge in the development of new radio ligands for use in nuclear medicine, including applications for use in animal and human research. You will be an experienced teach at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. You will possess outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, along with the ability to promote and advance the standing of radiochemistry domestically and internationally.

A PhD in the area synthetic organic, medicinal or radiochemistry are essential.

It is a condition of employment for this role that you will be required to provide evidence of immunisation against certain vaccine preventable diseases.

Visa sponsorship may be available for this appointment.

We value diversity and inclusion, and actively encourage applications from those who bring diversity to the University. Our Diversity and Inclusion webpage contains further information if you require additional support. Accessibility requirements and/or adjustments can be directed to

What We Can Offer

This is a full-time, 5 year fixed term position at Academic Research level C or D; depending on qualification and experience.

The full-time equivalent base salary at Academic Research level C, will be in the range $121,939 - $140,603, plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $142,668 - $164,505.

The full-time equivalent base salary at Academic Research level D, will be in the range $146,824 - $161,756, plus super of up to 17%. The total FTE package will be in the range $171,784 - $189,254.

You will be able to take advantage of UQ Sport Facilities, recreation leave loading, salary sacrificing options, on-campus childcare, discounted private health insurance, cheap parking, development programs and many other benefits.

For further information, please review The University of Queensland's Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2018-2021.

Position Description


Our Selection Process

As part of the Selection Process, applicants shortlisted for interview will be required to present a seminar and/or mock lecture to members of the school community prior to their scheduled interview. Research seminars and lecture topics will be provided with adequate notice to shortlisted candidates.   

The University of Queensland is committed to ensuring all candidates are provided with the opportunity to attend the panel interviews, however, for those candidates who are unable to attend in person, video interview options will be available.   


To discuss this role please contact David Reutens, Director – Centre for Advanced Imaging:

Want to Apply?

To submit an application for this role, use the APPLY NOW button below. All applicants must supply the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Responses to the Selection Criteria

To satisfy pre-requisite questions and ensure your application can be considered in full, all candidates must apply via the UQCareers portal by the job closing deadline. Applications received via other channels including direct email will not be accepted.


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